Using the perspectives of law, politics, public policy and intergovernmental relations, historian Barry Cahill describes the complex activities of an almost-unaccountable agency that took the place of municipal, provincial and federal governments in addressing the needs of the citizens and the city after the Explosion. He provides new insight into the pioneering town planning and construction of the Hydrostone neighbourhood in Halifax.
He also explains why this ad-hoc disaster agency continued to operate for nearly sixty years after the catastrophic event that precipitated its establishment.
This book offers a new and unique perspective on the recovery efforts which followed a domestic disaster unprecedented in Canadian history.
About the author
BARRY CAHILL is an independent historian whose work focuses on Atlantic Canada. He has written numerous historical pieces on the region's legal history and has also written extensively on religious history, with a focus on Canadian Presbyterianism. He is also a former editor of the Nova Scotia Historical Review. Cahill is also a Certified Information Access and Privacy Officer in the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Department of the Government of Nova Scotia. He was formerly a Corporate Projects Analyst and Senior Archivist in the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management Department of the Government of Nova Scotia. Cahill lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Other titles by Barry Cahill
J.L. Ilsley: A Political Biography
Mackenzie King's frugal finance minister who found the money for Canada's war 1939–1945
Professional Autonomy and the Public Interest
The Barristers' Society and Nova Scotia's Lawyers, 1825-2005
The Blue Banner
The Presbyterian Church of Saint David and Presbyterian Witness in Halifax
Frank Manning Covert
Fifty Years in the Practice of Law
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 1754-2004
From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle
The Thousandth Man
A Biography of James McGregor Stewart